DAILY PRAYER FOR TODAY’S CATHOLIC
Canticle of Zechariah (Benedictus)
lessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his holy prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
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Three Times and More Bishop Robert F. Morneau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Teach Us to Pray: Season of Desire Fr. James Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Alma Redemptoris Mater Lawrence S. Cunningham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Prayers and Blessings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Prayer at Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Daily Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Order of Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338 Liturgy of the Word (with Holy Communion) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 366 Guide to Lectio Divina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370 Hymns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371
Sunday, December 16
Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 148:1-6 Alleluia!
(opt. hymn, pp. 371–77)
Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all shining stars. Praise him, highest heavens, and the waters above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord. He commanded: they were created. He established them forever and ever, gave a law which shall not pass away. Glory to the Father . . . Scripture Isaiah 58:10-12 f you lavish your food on the hungry / and satisfy the afflicted; / Then your light shall rise in the darkness, / and your gloom shall become like midday; / Then the Lord will guide you always / and satisfy your thirst in parched places, / will give strength to your bones / And you shall
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be like a watered garden, / like a flowing spring whose waters never fail. / Your people shall rebuild the ancient ruins; / the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; / “Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you, / “Restorer of ruined dwellings.” Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 370)
Antiphon The Lord, your God, will rejoice over you with gladness. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions Faithful God, your tender love fills us with joy. In hope we cry out: r. Lord, teach us to pray. Unite your Church in songs of praise and deeds of justice. r. Free those bound by the paralysis of fear, anger, distress, and isolation. r. Quiet our minds and hearts that we may be prepared to receive Christ with joy. r. Our Father . . . May God make us steadfast in faith, joyful in hope, and untiring in love all the days of our life. Amen.
Mass Third Sunday of Advent Entrance Antiphon Philippians 4:4-5 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. / Indeed, the Lord is near. (The Gloria is omitted.)
Collect O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zephaniah 3:14-18a
The Lord will rejoice over you with gladness.
hout for joy, O daughter Zion! / Sing joyfully, O Israel! / Be glad and exult with all your heart, / O daughter Jerusalem! / The Lord has removed the judgment against you / he has turned away your enemies; / the King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst, / you have no further misfortune to fear. / On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: / Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! / The Lord, your God, is in your midst, / a mighty savior; / he will rejoice over you
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with gladness, / and renew you in his love, / he will sing joyfully because of you, / as one sings at festivals. The word of the Lord.
passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6 r. (6) Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Gospel Acclamation Isaiah 61:1 (cited in Luke 4:18) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.
God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my savior. With joy you will draw water at the fountain of salvation. r. Give thanks to the Lord, acclaim his name; among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his name. r. Sing praise to the Lord for his glorious achievement; let this be known throughout all the earth. Shout with exultation, O city of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel! r. A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 4:4-7
The Lord is near.
rothers and sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that sur-
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 3:10-18 What should we do? he crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He answered them, “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.” Soldiers also asked him, “And what is it that we should do?” He told them, “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.” Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people. The Gospel of the Lord.
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Prayer over the Offerings May the sacrifice of our worship, Lord, we pray, be offered to you unceasingly, to complete what was begun in sacred mystery and powerfully accomplish for us your saving work. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Cf. Isaiah 35:4 Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear. / Behold, our God will come, and he will save us. Prayer after Communion We implore your mercy, Lord, that this divine sustenance may cleanse us of our faults and prepare us for the coming feasts. Through Christ our Lord.
Reflection To Our Joy Joy is something different from hope or gratitude or awe. Joy is the heart’s leap in the encounter with the one we love. We’ve all felt this kind of joy at some time or other. A parent greets a beloved child; lovers find one another and embrace; old friends reunite. And in that moment, we know joy. The loving recognition of “the other” fills the heart with gladness. Joy trembles on smiling lips and shines from the eyes. The spiritual gift of joy comes from the Holy Spirit. Yet it participates in these deep and true human experiences of joy—the loving encounters that lift care and make the heart sing.
If we come to Jesus looking for gifts, often we do indeed receive them. And we shall be glad, temporarily, as we receive them. But if it is Jesus himself whom we love, we can rejoice always because we are glad in him. This still leaves us with a problem however. How do we experience such a loving encounter with someone whom we cannot see, or hear, or touch? Whether hidden behind the veil of history, or enthroned in heavens above, Jesus can seem too far away to love, too distant to make my own heart sing. Perhaps this is why prayer, imagination, and Eucharist are so important to discipleship. Pray. Believe. Love with a whole heart. Break the bread and share the cup with others who are likewise caught up in love, and faith, and prayer. And behold, he is near. To our joy, the One whom we love is with us. Rita Ferrone Rita Ferrone is a writer and speaker about issues of liturgy, catechesis, and Church renewal. She lives in Mount Vernon, New York.
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God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Psalm 116:10-19 I trusted, even when I said, “I am sorely afflicted,” and when I said in my alarm, “These people are all liars.”
(opt. hymn, pp. 371–77)
How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the name of the Lord. My vows to the Lord I will fulfill before all his people. How precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful. Your servant, Lord, your servant am I, the son of your handmaid; you have loosened my bonds. A thanksgiving sacrifice I make; I will call on the name of the Lord. My vows to the Lord I will fulfill before all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Glory to the Father . . .
Scripture 1 Peter 1:6-9 n this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 370)
Antiphon Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say: rejoice! Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions God, you show us unconditional love. Confident in your care we pray: r. Come, Lord Jesus. Deepen our sense of awareness and awe in your everabiding presence. r. Awaken your Church to your call for justice. r. Help us to see and serve the needs of refugees, the homeless and elderly, the sick and disabled. r. Our Father . . . May God give us the eyes of faith that we may see the glory to which we are called. Amen.
December 16–22 Third Week of Advent
Within the Word You Shall Name Him Emmanuel Names in the Bible are often given to convey a message. The prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Hosea all name their children in a way which signals their mission. In Tuesday’s Gospel, the angel tells Joseph to name Mary’s son “Jesus.” The name means “God saves.” Thus it indicates that God will act through Jesus to bring salvation. But one name is not enough. Immediately after the angel announces the name of Jesus, the evangelist Matthew adds the name Emmanuel. The name means “God is with us.” But we must examine the name’s origin and Matthew’s use of it to discover the reason God is with us. Emmanuel first occurs in the book of Isaiah. The king of Israel at that time was Ahaz. He was a political animal. He based his policies on expediency and power triangulation rather than on his Jewish faith. He even sacrificed his son to a foreign god for the sake of political advantage (see 2 Kings 16). In the first reading this Thursday, the prophet Isaiah confronts Ahaz and challenges him to rely on God’s power. The king refuses to listen. In frustration Isaiah points to a better future. A young woman is with child, and her son will one day become king and rule with the integrity which Ahaz lacks. His name will be Emmanuel, because, unlike Ahaz, God will be with him. The name Emmanuel, therefore, emerges in a setting of political corruption. It reveals God’s intention to rectify the broken structures of society. It prom172
ises a future in which what is wrong with the world is healed and made to conform to God’s will. Matthew is the only author of the New Testament who applies the name Emmanuel to Jesus. He does so because of his emphasis on the Church. It is not incidental that the name Emmanuel means “God is with us.” Matthew, of all the evangelists, stresses the communal nature of our relationship with God. He alone tells us that Christ is present “where two or three are gathered together” in his name (18:20). He ends his Gospel with a promise which reexpresses the name Emmanuel: “I am with you (plural) always, to the end of the age” (28:20). Most crucially, Matthew believes the Church has a purpose— to be the salt of the earth, the light of the world (5:13-14). God is with us so that we can confront and change what is corrupt in our culture. Because we associate Emmanuel with Christmas, we may imagine the name as a cozy title for a child in a manger. But Emmanuel is a name of power. It signals to those who manipulate others and support structures of injustice that their rule will come to an end. It signifies the One who dwells in his Church, empowering its members to oppose evil, promote goodness, and build the Kingdom of God. —Fr. George M. Smiga George M. Smiga, STD, is pastor of St. Noel Church in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. He teaches at St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, Ohio, and is author of The Gospel of John Set Free: Preaching without Anti-Judaism.
Monday, December 17
Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 66:8-9, 16-20 O peoples, bless our God; let the voice of his praise resound, of the God who gave life to our souls and kept our feet from stumbling.
(opt. hymn, pp. 371–77)
Come and hear, all who fear God; I will tell what he did for my soul. To him I cried aloud, with exaltation ready on my tongue. Had I considered evil in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has heeded the voice of my prayer. Blest be God, who did not reject my prayer, nor withhold from me his merciful love. Glory to the Father . . . Scripture Numbers 24:15-17b, 18b-19 he oracle of Balaam, son of Beor, / the oracle of the man whose eye is true, / The oracle of one who hears what God says, / and knows what the Most High knows, /
Of one who sees what the Almighty sees, / in rapture and with eyes unveiled. / I see him, though not now; / I observe him, though not near: / A star shall advance from Jacob, / and a scepter shall rise from Israel. / Israel will act boldly, / and Jacob will rule his foes. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 370)
Antiphon Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions God, source and font of wisdom, in hope we pray: r. Lord, heed the voice of our prayer. Bestow your wisdom upon our bishops and Church leaders. r. Show your merciful love to those who suffer the loss of limbs and the trauma of war. r. Grant hope and possibility to those who seek employment and to those who suffer financial difficulties. r. Our Father . . . May God dwell in our hearts through faith and bless us with peace, hope, and joy. Amen.
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Blessed Among Us
Servant of God Catherine de Hueck Doherty Founder of Madonna House (1896–1985)
Catherine Kolyschkine, born in Russia to a wealthy Catholic diplomat, married a baron at the age of fifteen. No sooner had she entered the Russian aristocracy than war and revolution stripped her of everything. Eventually, close to starvation, she escaped with her newborn son and made her way to New York. Her marriage had collapsed, but Catherine soon found a lucrative career giving lectures on her experiences in Russia. At the peak of her success she felt a powerful impulse to give up her new wealth to serve Christ and the poor. In Toronto she established Friendship House, a center for the works of mercy. In 1937 she established a similar house in Harlem as a sign of interracial justice and reconciliation. Later still, remarried to the journalist Eddie Doherty, she returned to Ontario and established Madonna House, a place of prayer and retreat. In Poustinia and other books, she drew on her Russian roots to promote the values of silence and prayer. Through her writings and the work of Madonna House she continued to promote the two principles by which she lived: a commitment to the social apostolate in the world and the need to root such a commitment in a life of prayer and the spirit of Christ. She died on December 14, 1985. “It is only in the eyes of another that we can find the Icon of Christ. We must make the other person aware we love him. If we do, he will know that God loves him.” —Catherine de Hueck Doherty
Monday of the Third Week of Advent Entrance Antiphon Cf. Isaiah 49:13 Rejoice, O heavens, and exult, O earth, / for our Lord will come to show mercy to his poor. Collect O God, Creator and Redeemer of human nature, who willed that your Word should take flesh in an ever-virgin womb, look with favor on our prayers, that your Only Begotten Son, having taken to himself our humanity, may be pleased to grant us a share in his divinity. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. A reading from the Book of Genesis 49:2, 8-10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah. acob called his sons and said to them: “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob, listen to Israel, your father. “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise / —your hand on the neck of your enemies; / the sons of your father shall bow down to you. / Judah, like a lion’s whelp, / you have grown up on prey, my son. / He crouches like a lion recumbent, / the king of beasts—who would dare rouse him? / The scepter shall never depart from Judah, / or the mace from between his legs, / While tribute is brought to him, / and he receives the people’s homage.” The word of the Lord.
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Responsorial Psalm 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17 r. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever. O God, with your judgment endow the king, and with your justice, the king’s son; He shall govern your people with justice and your afflicted ones with judgment. r. The mountains shall yield peace for the people, and the hills justice. He shall defend the afflicted among the people, save the children of the poor. r. Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more. May he rule from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. r. May his name be blessed forever; as long as the sun his name shall remain. In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed; all the nations shall proclaim his happiness. r. Gospel Acclamation O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge! A reading from the beginning of the holy Gospel according to Matthew 1:1-17 The genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David. he book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah
became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of David the king. David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph. Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile. After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Christ, fourteen generations. The Gospel of the Lord.
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Prayer over the Offerings Sanctify these gifts of your Church, O Lord, and grant that through these venerable mysteries we may be nourished with the bread of heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Cf. Haggai 2:7 Behold, the Desired of all the nations will come, / and the house of the Lord will be filled with glory. Prayer after Communion Nourished by these divine gifts, almighty God, we ask you to grant our desire: that, aflame with your Spirit, we may shine like bright torches before your Christ when he comes. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Reflection Truly God and Truly Human One must bear in mind therefore that the Evangelists, or rather the Spirit speaking through them, took pains to ensure that their readers believed that Christ was truly God and truly human. Because of what they wrote, no one could possibly doubt that he is God by nature, beyond all variation, mutation or illusion, and that according to the ordered plan of God he was truly human. This is why John could say, on the one hand, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John immediately adds, “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” [John 1:1–2, 14]. Hence Matthew wrote appropriately, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” On the one hand he is not able to be counted simply from natural
generation among families, since it is written, “Who shall declare his generation?” [Isa 53:8]. He is before the centuries and of one substance with the Father himself, from the standpoint of eternity. But by this genealogy he is also numbered among the families of humanity according to the flesh. For in truth, while remaining God, Christ became man without ceasing to be God, unaltered till the end of time. This is why there is also mention of the ancient patriarchs in the lineage, the narrative and observation of the times and vicissitudes that are indeed proper to human history. Through all this Matthew made it clear that Christ participates in our human generation and in our nature. . . . It is for this reason [to show Christ’s true humanity] that in this genealogy the Evangelist mentioned in his list even those who had shocking carnal relations that were inappropriate and outside the law. For Matthew wrote with due deliberation, “And Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar” and even more plainly “And David became the father of Solomon by Uriah’s wife.” These were women with whom they became united by fornication and adultery. By this means the genealogy revealed that it is our very sinful nature that Christ himself came to heal. It is that very nature which had fallen, revolted and plunged into inordinate desires. When our nature fled [from God], he took hold of it. When it dashed out and ran away in revolt, he stopped it, held onto it, enabled it to return and blocked its downward spiral. . . . He took on that very nature that was sick, in order to heal it. He took on that nature which fell, in order to lift it up. All this occurred in a charitable, beneficial manner wholly appropriate to God. St. Severus of Antioch, Cathedral Sermons, Homily 94 Severus of Antioch (ca. 460–ca. 540) was chosen Patriarch of Antioch in 512 by the non-Chalcedonian party. Modern studies have revealed the soundness of his teaching on the two natures of Christ.
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Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Psalm 31:10-11, 15-17 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in distress. My eyes are wasted with grief, my soul and my body.
(opt. hymn, pp. 371–77)
its seals?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to examine it. I shed many tears because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to examine it. One of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. The lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed, enabling him to open the scroll with its seven seals.” Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 370)
For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighs. Affliction has broken down my strength, and my bones waste away.
Antiphon O Wisdom of God, come teach us the path of knowledge.
But as for me, I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God. My lot is in your hands, deliver me from the hands of my enemies and those who pursue me.
Intercessions O Wisdom, proceeding from the mouth of the Most High, hear us as we pray: r. Lord, come and save us!
Let your face shine on your servant. Save me in your merciful love.” Glory to the Father . . . Scripture Revelation 5:1-5 saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne. It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break
Canticle of Mary (inside back cover)
Bring an end to war and to the proliferation of the weapons of war. r. Open the path of dialogue between nations in conflict. r. Give knowledge and wisdom to health care professionals. r. Our Father . . . May God bless us with grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Tuesday, December 18
Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. Psalm 33:8-12, 20-22 Let all the earth fear the Lord, all who live in the world revere him. He spoke, and it came to be. He commanded; it stood in place.
(opt. hymn, pp. 371–77)
The Lord frustrates the designs of the nations; he defeats the plans of the peoples. The designs of the Lord stand forever, the plans of his heart from age to age. Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen as his heritage. Our soul is waiting for the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him do our hearts find joy. We trust in his holy name. May your merciful love be upon us, as we hope in you, O Lord. Glory to the Father . . . Scripture Deuteronomy 16:18-20 n all the communities which the Lord, your God, is giving you, you shall appoint judges and officials throughout
your tribes to administer true justice for the people. You must not distort justice: you shall not show partiality; you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes even of the wise and twists the words even of the just. Justice, justice alone shall you pursue, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord, your God, is giving you. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 370)
Antiphon The Lord is a God of justice, caring for the vulnerable and needy. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions God of justice, hear us as we pray: r. Shepherd your people, O Lord. Redeem your Church in her woundedness and sin. r. Protect children, the elderly, the poor, and those who live alone. r. Ease the tension in the Middle East and protect all citizens from violence. r. Our Father . . . May God, the Shepherd of Israel, cast away all sorrow and sighing and fill us with joy and gladness. Amen.
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Blessed Among Us
Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent
Dominican Theologian and Mystic (1260–1329) Meister Eckhart, a Dominican theologian, was the greatest of the Rhineland mystics of the early fourteenth century. He twice held the prestigious Dominican chair at the University of Paris but spent most of his career in positions of responsibility within his order. In 1326 he was accused of heresy by the archbishop of Cologne. He was presented with a list of twenty-eight propositions supposedly derived from his work. Though he appealed, the condemnation was confirmed by the pope. By that time, however, Eckhart had already died. Modern examination of his writings has left little doubt of his sincere faith and loyalty to the Church. At the same time, it is no wonder that his mystical and poetic formulations aroused suspicion. Eckhart tried by means of paradoxical language to describe the ineffable union of the soul with God. He taught the need to let go of our concepts of God, all of the illusions and finite objects onto which we project our longing for the Absolute. “Do not cling to the symbols, but get to the inner truth!” Unfortunately, it seemed to Church authorities that what he dismissed as symbols were what they preferred to call doctrine and authority. The exact fate of Eckhart remains unknown. Before dying, however, he apparently issued a statement in which he “revoked and also deplored” the condemned articles “insofar as they could generate in the minds of the faithful a heretical opinion.” “The kind of work we do does not make us holy; but we may make it holy.” —Meister Eckhart
Entrance Antiphon Christ our King is coming, / he is the Lamb foretold by John. Collect Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who are weighed down from of old by slavery beneath the yoke of sin, may be set free by the newness of the long-awaited Nativity of your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 23:5-8 I will raise up a righteous shoot to David. ehold, the days are coming, says the Lord, / when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; / As king he shall reign and govern wisely, / he shall do what is just and right in the land. / In his days Judah shall be saved, / Israel shall dwell in security. / This is the name they give him: / “The Lord our justice.” Therefore, the days will come, says the Lord, when they shall no longer say, “As the Lord lives, who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”; but rather, “As the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of the house of Israel up from the land of the north”—and from all the lands to which I banished them; they shall again live on their own land. The word of the Lord.
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Responsorial Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19 r. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever. O God, with your judgment endow the king, and with your justice, the king’s son; He shall govern your people with justice and your afflicted ones with judgment. r. For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out, and the afflicted when he has no one to help him. He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor; the lives of the poor he shall save. r. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous deeds. And blessed forever be his glorious name; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. r. Gospel Acclamation O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power! A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 1:18-25
Jesus was born of Mary, the betrothed of Joseph, a son of David.
his is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your
wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: / Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, / and they shall name him Emmanuel, / which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus. The Gospel of the Lord. Prayer over the Offerings May the sacrifice to be offered to you, O Lord, make us acceptable to your name, that we may merit for all eternity to be the companions of Christ, by whose Death our own mortality was healed. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Communion Antiphon Matthew 1:23 His name will be called Emmanuel, / which means God-with-us. Prayer after Communion May we receive your mercy in the midst of your temple, O Lord, and show fitting honor to the coming solemnities of our redemption. Through Christ our Lord.
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Reflection Guardians of the Word People who ask me to pray for them know that I, in turn, am likely to entrust their needs to St. Joseph, especially if their situation falls under his patronage. The diverse litany of titles the Church has given to St. Joseph suggests we can be confident in his prayers: Model for Workers, Terror of Demons, Guardian of Virgins, Protector of the Church, Hope of the Sick, Patron of the Dying, Consoler of the Afflicted, and Support of Families. I not only feel confident asking St. Joseph for his prayers but, following the advice of St. Teresa of Avila, I have begun to see him as a model for how to pray: silent, attentive, and obedient to God’s will. Elizabeth proclaimed Mary blessed, because “she believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Scripture suggests that St. Joseph was blessed in this same way. Because of his belief he was given the awesome responsibility of creating a home for Jesus, a place for him to dwell in as he “grew and became strong, filled with wisdom” (Luke 2:40). In some prayers St. Joseph is addressed as the “Guardian of the Word Incarnate”—a fitting address when we ask Joseph to pray that our faith will be strengthened. It is only through faith that we can become mature guardians of the Word we receive in baptism, the gift we nurture through prayer and love, the gift we have received because God entrusted his only Son to this righteous man. Rachelle Linner Rachelle Linner, a freelance writer and reviewer, has a master of theological studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.
Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. Psalm 11 In the Lord I have taken refuge. How can you say to my soul, “Fly like a bird to the mountain!
(opt. hymn, pp. 371–77)
Look, the wicked are bending their bow! They are fixing their arrow on the string, to shoot the upright of heart in the dark. Foundations once destroyed, what can the just man do?” The Lord is in his holy temple; the throne of the Lord is in heaven. His eyes behold the world; his gaze probes the children of men. The Lord inspects the just and the wicked; the lover of violence he hates. He sends fire and brimstone on the wicked, a scorching wind to fill their cup. For the Lord is just and loves deeds of justice; the upright shall behold his face. Glory to the Father . . . Scripture Acts 13:22b-25 od] raised up David as their king; of him he testified, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish.’ From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to
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Israel a savior, Jesus. John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; and as John was completing his course, he would say, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’ ” Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 370)
Antiphon You are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions Loving God, keep your loving eye on us and hear us as we pray: r. God, come to save us. End the violence and the causes of violence against women and children. r. Restore hope and vitality to those who suffer tragedy. r. Rescue young people from the seduction of gangs and drugs. r. Our Father . . . May God bless us with loving and faithful hearts that we may readily receive Christ in our hearts. Amen.
The Order of Mass ❙❚ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen. Greeting A The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And with your spirit.
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therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. B Have mercy on us, O Lord.
For we have sinned against you. Show us, O Lord, your mercy. And grant us your salvation.
These or other invocations may be used.
C You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:
B Grace to you and peace from God our Father
Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.
C The Lord be with you.
You came to call sinners: Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison. Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison.
and the Lord Jesus Christ. And with your spirit. And with your spirit.
Penitential Act Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. (Pause) A I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
And, striking their breast, they say:
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You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us: Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚ May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. ❙❚ Amen. Kyrie
The Kyrie, eleison (Lord, have mercy) invocations follow, unless they have just occurred in a formula of the Penitential Act.
❙❚ Lord, have mercy. ❙❚ Lord, have mercy.
❙❚ Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚ Kyrie, eleison.
❙❚ Christ, have mercy. ❙❚ Christ, have mercy.
❙❚ Christe, eleison. ❙❚ Christe, eleison.
❙❚ Lord, have mercy. ❙❚ Lord, have mercy.
❙❚ Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚ Kyrie, eleison.
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Gloria Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. Collect (Opening Prayer)
Liturgy of the Word First Reading Responsorial Psalm
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Second Reading Gospel Acclamation Gospel Cleanse my heart and my lips, almighty God, that I may worthily proclaim your holy Gospel. ❙❚ The Lord be with you. ❙❚ And with your spirit. ❙❚ A reading from the holy Gospel according to N. ❙❚ Glory to you, O Lord. At the end:
❙❚ The Gospel of the Lord. ❙❚ Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. Through the words of the Gospel may our sins be wiped away. Homily Profession of Faith
[The Apostles’ Creed can be found on p. 367]
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
342 The Order of Mass At the words that follow, up to and including and became man, all bow.
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen. Prayer of the Faithful (Bidding Prayers)
Liturgy of the Eucharist Presentation and Preparation of the Gifts Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life. Blessed be God for ever.
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By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink. Blessed be God for ever. With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God. Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Invitation to Prayer Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters), that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father. May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church. Prayer over the Offerings Eucharistic Prayer ❙❚ The Lord be with you. ❙❚ And with your spirit. ❙❚ Lift up your hearts. ❙❚ We lift them up to the Lord. ❙❚ Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. ❙❚ It is right and just.
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Celebration of the Liturgy of the Word [With Holy Communion] Introductory Rites Introduction Deacon or lay leader:
We gather here to celebrate the Lord’s Day. Sunday has been called the Lord’s Day because it was on this day that Jesus conquered sin and death and rose to new life. Unfortunately, we are not able to celebrate the Mass today because we do not have a priest. Let us be united in the spirit of Christ with the Church around the world and celebrate our redemption in Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. Sign of the Cross Deacon or lay leader:
❙❚ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen. Greeting Deacon or lay leader:
❙❚ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God for ever. ❙❚ Blessed be God for ever. Collect
Liturgy of the Word First Reading Responsorial Psalm Second Reading Gospel Acclamation Gospel Homily or Reflection on the Readings Period of Silence Profession of Faith
[The Nicene Creed can be found on p. 341]
Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. At the words that follow, up to and including the Virgin Mary, all bow.
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
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the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. Prayer of the Faithful
Communion Rite Lord’s Prayer Deacon or lay leader:
The Father provides us with food for eternal life. At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. Invitation to Communion Deacon or lay leader:
Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
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Communion Act of Thanksgiving
Concluding Rite Invitation to Pray for Vocations to the Priesthood Deacon or lay leader:
Mindful of our Lord’s word, “Ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for the harvest,” let us pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood. May our prayer hasten the day when we will be able to take part in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist every Sunday. Blessing Sign of Peace
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, / and ransom captive Israel, / that mourns in lonely exile here / until the Son of God appear. Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. 2. O come, thou Wisdom from on high, / and order all things far and nigh; / to us the path of knowledge show, / and teach us in her ways to go. Refrain 3. O come, thou holy Lord of might, / who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height / in ancient times did give the law, / in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain 4. O come, thou Rod of Jesse’s stem, / from ev’ry foe deliver them. / From death and sin thy people save, / and give them vict’ry o’er the grave. Refrain 5. O come, thou Key of David, come, / and open wide our heav’nly home, / make safe the way that leads on high, / and close the path to misery. Refrain 6. O come, desire of nations, bind / in one the hearts of humankind; / bid ev’ry sad division cease / and be thyself our Prince of peace. Refrain 7. O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer / our spirits by thine advent here; / disperse the gloomy clouds of night / and death’s dark shadow put to flight. Refrain Text: O Antiphons, 12th cent.; tr. John Mason Neale, 1818–1866. Music: VENI, VENI, EMMANUEL, 88 88 with refrain, Thomas Helmore, 1811–1890, 15th cent. Plainchant, adapt.
O Come, Redeemer of the World
Advent—am/pm Familiar Tune: That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
4. To heal the sick stretch out your hand, / and bid the fallen sinner stand: / shine forth, and let your light restore / earth’s own true loveliness once more. 5. All praise the Son eternally, / whose advent sets his people free, / whom with the Father we adore / and Spirit blest for evermore. Text: Jordanis oras praevia; Charles Coffin, 1676–1749; tr. John Chandler, 1806–1876. Music: WINCHESTER NEW, LM; adapt. from Musikalisches Handbuch, Hamburg, 1690.
Come, Thou Long Expected Savior
On Jordan’s Bank
1. On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry / announces that the Lord is nigh; / awake and hearken for he brings / glad tidings of the King of kings. 2. Then cleansed be ev’ry heart from sin; / make straight the way of God within. / And let each heart prepare a home / where such a mighty guest may come. 3. For you are our salvation, Lord, / our refuge and our great reward; / without your grace we waste away / like flow’rs that wither and decay.
Angels We Have Heard on High
1. Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o’er the plains, and the mountains in reply echo back their joyous strains. Refrain: Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo. 2. Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? Say what may the tidings be, which inspire your heav’nly song. Refrain
3. So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, come peasant king to own him; The King of kings salvation brings. Let loving hearts enthrone Him. Refrain Text: William Chatterton Dix, 1837–1898. Music: GREENSLEEVES, 87 87 with refrain, English melody, 1580.
O Come, All Ye Faithful / Adeste, Fideles Christmas—am/pm
3. Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing; come adore, on bended knee, Christ, the Lord, the newborn King. Refrain
1. O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant; O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold him, born the King of angels.
Refrain: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord!
4. See him in a manger laid, whom the choirs of angels praise; Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while our hearts in love we raise. Refrain Text: Traditional French carol, tr. by James Chadwick, 1813–1882, in Crown of Jesus, 1862, alt. Music: GLORIA, 77 77 with refrain, traditional French carol.
What Child Is This?
2. Why lies he in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians, fear, for sinners here the silent Word is pleading. Refrain
1. What Child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping? Refrain: This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary.
2. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation; Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above! Glory to God, all glory in the highest. Refrain 3. Yes, Lord we greet thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory giv’n. Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. Refrain 1. Adéste, fidéles, laéti, triumphántes; Veníte, veníte in Béthlehem. Natum vidéte Regem angelórum. Refrain: Veníte, adorémus, Veníte, adorémus, Veníte, adorémus Dóminum. Text: attr. to John F. Wade, 1711–1786. Tr. by Frederick Oakeley, 1802–1880, alt. Music: ADESTE FIDELES Irregular with Refrain
4. The hungry poor who seek you, Lord, / are filled abundantly; / the rich who have no need of you / are left in poverty. 5. And Israel, your holy one, / you nurture tenderly; / Your promised mercy you fulfill / through all eternity! 6. Almighty Father, hear our praise / through Christ your only Son, / Whom in the Spirit we adore / while endless ages run. Text: Bernard Mischke, OSC, 1926–2012, © 1965, Crosier Fathers and Brothers, Phoenix, AZ. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
O Mary of Graces
Marian—am/pm Familiar Tune: Away in a Manger
Marian—am/pm Familiar Tune: Amazing Grace
1. My spirit magnifies the Lord / and gladness fills my soul, / for you, my Lord, have glorified / a lowly maiden’s role. 2. Hereafter all shall call me blest / for you have honored me; / Your mercy is from age to age / to those of piety. 3. The proud you scatter like the wind, / they know your mighty arm; / though great ones tumble from their thrones, / the humble fear no harm.
Guide to Lectio Divina Choose a word or phrase of the Scriptures you wish to pray. It makes no difference which text is chosen, as long as you have no set goal of “covering” a certain amount of text. The amount of text covered is in God’s hands, not yours. Read. Turn to the text and read it slowly, gently. Savor each portion of the reading, constantly listening for the “still, small voice” of a word or phrase that somehow says, “I am for you today.” Do not expect lightning or ecstasies. In lectio divina, God is teaching us to listen, to seek him in silence. God does not reach out and grab us but gently invites us ever more deeply into his presence. Ponder. Take the word or phrase into yourself. Memorize it and slowly repeat it to yourself, allowing it to interact with your inner world of concerns, memories, and ideas. Do not be afraid of distractions. Memories or thoughts are simply parts of yourself that, when they rise up during lectio divina, are asking to be given to God along with the rest of your inner self. Allow this inner pondering, this rumination, to invite you into dialogue with God. Pray. Whether you use words, ideas, or images—or all three—is not important. Interact with God as you would with one who you know loves and accepts you. Give to God what you have discovered during your experience of meditation. Give to God what you have found within your heart. It is not necessary to assess the quality of your lectio divina, as if you were “performing” or seeking some goal. Lectio divina has no goal other than that of being in the presence of God by praying the Scriptures. —Fr. Luke Dysinger Luke Dysinger, OSB, is a Benedictine monk of Saint Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, California.
Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)
y soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
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